On-foot Transmitter Hunt (Los Angeles) — November 10

The following is from Robert Farver at res086ne@verizon.net:

Here is a chance to experiment with an on-foot transmitter hunt. I know it is a long distance from Hemet to Griffith Park but it could really be great fun.

Bob W6CCT
Director


Forwarded from Homingin@aol.com:
Subject: Next on-foot transmitter hunt Nov 10 at Griffith Park

The next southern California on-foot transmitter hunting session will be Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.  A ham radio license and knowledge of radio equipment are not required.  Experts will be on hand to teach you the basic techniques of on-foot radio direction-finding (RDF).  Bring the kids and grandkids, then go out on the course with them!

If you are a beginner, there will be entry-level two-meter fox transmitters, set by Joe Moell K0OV.  For advanced radio-orienteers, there will be a 5-fox two-meter course with international-rules timing (60 seconds per transmitter in sequence), set by Marvin Johnston KE6HTS.  One or two optional 80-meter fox transmitters may also be on the air.

If you have receivers, scanners, directional antennas, attenuators, or other equipment suitable for on-foot RDF, be sure to bring it.  Make sure all batteries are fresh.  A limited amount of RDF gear will be available for loan.

For those who want to build RDF gear for use with their own two-meter hand-held radios or scanners, Marvin will have kits for measuring-tape yagis and active attenuators.  Also available is an assembled and tested assembly that includes the power switch, BNC connector, housing and battery, ready to install as the tape measure beam is built.  There will be tools and soldering stations for building.  If you’re not an electronic technician, don’t worry because there will be experts to help you.  We want you to succeed!  Send e-mail to Marvin (marvin@west.net) to pre-register and get more information about equipment.  The building session will only take place if there are sufficient advance registrations.  If you already have equipment and just want to hunt transmitters, you don’t need to pre-register.

If it takes place, the building session will start at 9:30 AM.  Please be prompt.  Beginner transmitters will be on the air at that time.  The main 5-fox hunt will start about 10:30 AM.  Hunters may start the courses at any time until 1 PM.  Courses close at 3 PM.

For the advanced 2-meter course, electronic scoring will be used.  If you have an “e-stick,” be sure to bring it.  A $5 donation is requested for the advanced course to cover expenses related to the use of Los Angeles Orienteering Club’s e-punch equipment and maps.  The beginner course and the 80-meter transmitter hunt are free of charge and e-punch is not required for them.

Trails are primitive in some areas of the park, so wear sturdy shoes.  All ages are welcome, but young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

This event begins in the Mineral Wells picnic area in the northeast part of Griffith Park, nearby to “Travel Town.”  Look for signs and an orange-and-white orienteering flag at the starting site.

From the 134 freeway eastbound or westbound, take the Forest Lawn Drive exit and go south.  Turn left into park area on Zoo Drive towards Travel Town.  At the entrance to Travel Town, turn right (south) onto Griffith Park Drive and follow it straight past Mt. Hollywood Drive (gated) on right and then a quarry on the left.  You will soon see the picnic grounds (starting area) on your right.  If you see the driving range, you have gone too far.

From I-5 northbound, exit at “Griffith Park.”  Turn right (north) on Crystal Springs Drive and continue past the Ranger station on your right and the large picnic areas on your left.  At the stop, turn left on Griffith Park Drive and head past the golf clubhouse and driving range to the Mineral Wells picnic area on your left.

A map to the site is at http://www.homingin.com.  If rain is forecasted, check that site for possible cancellation.  Call K0OV on 146.52 MHz simplex if you have trouble finding the gathering area within the park.

73,
Joe Moell K0OV

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